Session Track:

Partnership Building
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CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” – Innovative Partnerships, Revised Milestones, Updated Materials, and More!

October 18, 8:30am – 10:00am
Do you want to help improve the efforts for early identification of developmental concerns in young children? Join the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) Ambassadors from New Jersey and South Dakota for updates about the developmental milestones and information on how to get FREE LTSAE materials for your programs. Leave with information, sample materials, and strategies for collaboration with families and professionals in your state to integrate LTSAE into existing Early Childhood systems.

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Using Your Story to Teach! Partnering with Families in Higher Education & State PD

October 18, 8:30am – 10:00am
Using stories to teach is different from using your story for advocacy. Partnering with families in higher education programs and State Professional Development training is only successful when families are fully informed and prepared. We will share tools and checklists that have been developed for higher education faculty, state PD training staff, and families that will assist to make the experience a success for everyone.

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Family Partnership Within the Family’s Context: Increasing Equitable Access and Participation for Families of Young Children

October 19, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Participants will reflect on effective practices to support young children and their families. Video clips of families and professionals highlighting successful practices from their experiences will be shared along with new resources designed specifically for practitioners and professional development providers committed to supporting families, especially families of young children with disabilities. Resources include practitioner practice guides for partnering with families, facilitator guides …

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Partnership: Leveraging the Power of our Voices and Resources Through Social Media

October 19, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
The importance of collaborative partnerships was never more apparent than during the pandemic, as families and professionals turned almost entirely to social media and technology for information and resources. Parent and Early Childhood TA Centers embraced this “new normal”, turning to social media to get high quality information into the hands of families of young children. Learn about planning, application, data collection, and most importantly, how to make it happen in your area of expertise…

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Creating positive partnerships between families and rural providers through culturally responsive communication and collaboration.

October 19, 10:15 am – 11:45 am
Rural communities often lack resources and access to information. They may face barriers in connecting with providers due to bias, lack of trust, transportation challenges, literacy impact, misinformation and cultural miscommunication. Attendees in this session will discuss how to overcome barriers of trust through eliciting family stories, culturally responsive questions to Identify family cultures. Prompt questions will be shared for families and providers that promote positive collaboration a…

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Changing Directions: The Promise of ND CREATE’s Expanded Discovery

October 18, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
This interactive workshop will help youth, families and professionals learn how to have a meaningful role in the Discovery Planning Process. In addition, participants will learn how to translate the information gathered through Discovery into an employment opportunity that matches the interests of a youth with a disability to the business needs of an employer. Examples of Discovery Profiles and testimonials will be shared with attendees. …

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Actually, I Can: A Journey of Self Advocacy

October 18, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Despite challenges Michael Uher has utilized life experiences as an opportunity to advocate for himself and others. Michael’s journey has been far from easy. With his positive attitude and contagious smile, he reminds us daily that with every setback, there is good yet to come. Michael’s voice has provided hope to individuals and families; when faced with similar presenting situations. Michael has found his voice in working collaboratively as a teen advocate with the OCECD. …

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Caregiver Stories: Sharing Lived Experience to Impact Care

October 18, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Learn how an interdisciplinary group of providers and parent leaders partnered with families of children with medical complexity in order to give them a space to share their stories, from their perspective as caregivers, to learners in order to encourage building partnerships to provide culturally responsive patient and family centered care.…

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Meaningful cross sector partnerships: Leveraging families, self-advocates, professionals, agencies, businesses, and organizations to develop and promote powerful toolkits.

October 18, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
This workshop takes the core performance measure of Parent-professional partnerships to the next level. Creating toolkits in partnership with clinical and other professionals, is a demonstration of what F2Fs are supposed to do. By incorporating the voices of other stakeholders such as medical suppliers, community and charitable organizations, and insurance companies, we not only demonstrate family and professional partnerships, but how families and professionals move through and improve system…

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SEPACs – The Catalyst for Better School Communities

October 18, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Parent advocacy was at the heart of the disability rights movement and can be the catalyst for building more inclusive communities in the future. Parent Centers can effectively recruit, train and support parent leaders as “ambassadors” in local communities as a way to build capacity. Every state can establish a network of special education parent advisory councils. Through trusting relationships, communities can address local issues and bring about system change for all students. …

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REAL TALK about REAL PARTNERSHIP: What it really took for Family Leaders and Clinicians to become colleagues in the C6 seminar series

October 18, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Collaborative Conversations with Families to Advance the Clinical Care of Children with Medical Complexities and Disabilities (C6) was a 10-part seminar series highlighting key clinical research questions in caring for children with medical complexity. Family leaders and clinicians came together to discuss real-life experiences, clinical scenarios and potential for research. Join us for a frank conversation about how we worked together – what worked and what did not-to form a partnership and co-…

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